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Smell Stereo: Mystery Solved Of How Sharks Can Smell A Drop Of Blood From Far Away
Tampa, Florida - Jun 10, 2010 15:25 EST

It's no secret that sharks have a keen sense of smell and a remarkable ability to follow their noses through the ocean, right to their next meal. Now, researchers reporting online on June 10th in Current Biology, a Cell Press...
 
A Tale Of Two Atolls: Researchers Study The Impact Of Fishing On Remote Coral Reefs
Palo Alto, California - Jun 10, 2010 14:36 EST

Coral reefs - kaleidoscopes of pink anemones and silver sharks - are the planet's most colorful ecosystems and among its most endangered, say marine scientists. As global warming raises ocean temperatures, many corals blanch and die, a phenomenon called 'coral bleaching.'...
 
Marine Scientists Call For A Worldwide System Of Very Large, Highly Protected Marine Reserves; 'National Parks At Sea'
Washington, D.C. - Jun 10, 2010 14:00 EST

More than 245 marine scientists from 35 countries are calling for the establishment of a worldwide system of very large, highly protected marine reserves as 'an essential and long overdue contribution to improving stewardship of the global oceanic environment.' While small...
 
First Definitive Guide To Borneo’s Sharks And Rays; 'It Is Important To Build The Local Knowledge'
Victoria, Australia - Jun 10, 2010 13:40 EST

Which island of South-East Asia has the most stingray species in the world? According to the new book Sharks and Rays of Borneo, the island of Borneo has 30 different stingrays: not surprising for the most biologically diverse region on...
 
Oceana: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Proves Deadly For Sea Turtles In Gulf Of Mexico; Oil 'Now Killing Endangered Species'
Washington, D.C. - Jun 10, 2010 09:34 EST

Oceana, the world's largest international ocean conservation organization, released a new report today that finds the Deepwater Horizon oil spill extremely dangerous for sea turtles inhabiting the Gulf of Mexico. Specifically, sea turtles can become coated in oil or inhale...
 
Scientists: Hungry Grey Whales Face A 'Prey Crisis' As Food Sources Dry Up; 'There's Some Kind Of Anthropogenic Driver Involved'
Bath, U.K. - Jun 9, 2010 22:18 EST

Scientists from the University of Bath have reported a dramatic fall in the number of grey whale sightings in British Columbia and are investigating the reasons for the disappearance of one of their main sources of prey. The researchers, supported by...
 
Research: Crocodiles Ride Ocean Currents For Ocean Travel; 'These Crocodiles Are Poor Swimmers'
Brisbane, Australia - Jun 7, 2010 20:35 EST

The mystery of how the world's largest living reptile - the estuarine crocodile - has come to occupy so many South Pacific islands separated by huge stretches of ocean despite being a poor swimmer has at last been solved by...
 
Study: Coral Transplantation The Simple And Cheap Solution To Reef Restoration; Source Coral 'Like An Orchard Of Fruit Trees'
Kingston, Rhode Island - Jun 4, 2010 19:45 EST

It is a question asked by marine scientists from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Barrier Reef; how best to restore coral reefs and marine habitat once it has been damaged or even killed? Now research published in Restoration...
 
NOAA Report: Vieques Contamination Nothing Special, Comparable To The Region
Washington, D.C. - Jun 4, 2010 19:19 EST

NOAA scientists are reporting in a newly published study that the health of the marine environment of Vieques, Puerto Rico - the site of military training activities from 1941 to 2003 which included live bombing exercises on the eastern side...
 
Industry Group: Dr. Oz Gets It Wrong On Fish And Mercury; 'A Chaotic Bazaar Of Advice'
Washington, D.C. - Jun 3, 2010 13:44 EST

The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) is publicly challenging Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the Dr. Oz Show, to correct a number of errors and distortions that he made concerning fish, nutrition and mercury on a recent episode of his show....
 
Additional 'Black Swan' Briefs Support Odyssey Marine Exploration's Legal Position In Appeal; 'National Security Ramifications'
Tampa, Florida - Jun 3, 2010 09:13 EST

Several additional appellate briefs and amicus briefs have been filed with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Odyssey Marine Exploration's "Black Swan" case. The filings support Odyssey's argument that the trial court erred in dismissing the case because the...
 
Arctic Ice At Low Point Compared To Recent Geologic History; 'Unmatched Over At Least The Last Few Thousand Years'
Columbus, Ohio - Jun 2, 2010 19:25 EST

Less ice covers the Arctic today than at any time in recent geologic history. That's the conclusion of an international group of researchers, who have compiled the first comprehensive history of Arctic ice. For decades, scientists have strived to collect sediment cores...
 
'Jaws: The Inside Story': New Tv Special Offers Behind-The-Sceens Stories, Exclusive Interviews From Spielberg, Dreyfuss
New York, New York - Jun 1, 2010 21:48 EST

BIO presents "Jaws: The Inside Story," a two-hour special that features an exclusive look at behind-the-scenes stories from those who know them best – the cast and crew. "Jaws: The Inside Story" premieres Wednesday, June 16 at 9PM ET/ 10PM...
 
Follow The Robotic Leader: Researcher Creates Artificial Fish The Leads The School
Brooklyn, New York - May 29, 2010 19:57 EST

Artificial intelligence? Done. Artificial leadership? Its origins may well be in the fish tanks and the algorithms in Maurizio Porfiri's Brooklyn laboratories at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly). Here the assistant professor of mechanical engineering, best known for...
 
Biologists Report How Whales Have Changed Over 35 Million Years; 'Major Players In Whatever Ecosystem They Are In'
Los Angeles, California - May 28, 2010 19:51 EST

Whales are remarkably diverse, with 84 living species of dramatically different sizes and more than 400 other species that have gone extinct, including some that lived partly on land. Why are there so many whale species, with so much diversity...
 
Florida Marine Lab Tags Two Whale Sharks; 'Unusual To Be Able To Tag Them Here Off The Florida Coast'
Sarasota, Florida - May 28, 2010 19:20 EST

Friday brought an unexpected surprise visit to the waters off Sarasota: two whale sharks cruising just offshore. Each was more than 20 feet long. The visit offered a rare opportunity for Mote Marine Laboratory scientists to outfit the sharks with...
 
Key West's Vandenberg Artificial Reef Celebrates First Birthday; 'It's Like A Big Party Going On'
Key West, Florida - May 28, 2010 18:09 EST

It took less than two minutes for the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg to reach the ocean bottom off Key West May 27, 2009, yet within a year it has bloomed into a timeless circle of life in the Florida Keys...
 
Study Begins On Air-Sea Exchanges And Their Influence On Climate; 'These Exchanges Are Not Well Understood'
Southampton, U.K. - May 28, 2010 17:56 EST

A two-year project, which will provide vital information on the interaction between the ocean and the atmosphere and its influence on climate, begins this month. Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), University of Leeds, and the British Antarctic Survey...
 
Scientists: Temperature And Salt Levels Of The Western Mediterranean Are On The Increase
Madrid, Spain - May 27, 2010 14:41 EST

Spanish scientists have analysed the temperature and salt levels of the Western Mediterranean Sea between 1943 and 2000 to study the evolution of each variable. Their research shows that, since at least the 1940s, the deep water has become progressively...
 
World's Largest Container Shipping Company Refuses To Ship At-Risk Marine Life; 'The Net Is Closing On Destructive Fisheries'
Auckland, New Zealand - May 27, 2010 14:18 EST

The world's largest container shipping company, Maersk, refuses to ship a number of at-risk marine species including several caught by New Zealand fisheries, reports Greenpeace. In response to the overfishing crisis facing our oceans, Maersk – which transports about 20...
 
Research: Distressed Damsels Stress Coral Reefs; 'It'S All About Real Estat--Places To Live'
Melbourne, Florida - May 27, 2010 14:12 EST

Damselfish are killing head corals and adding stress to Caribbean coral reefs, which are already in desperately poor condition from global climate change, coral diseases, hurricanes, pollution, and overfishing. Restoring threatened staghorn coral, the damsels' favorite homestead, will take the...
 
Volusia Country, Florida: Case Study Analyzes Why, Where And When Of World's Leading Shark Attack Site
Gainesville, Florida - May 26, 2010 22:30 EST

Shark attacks are most likely to occur on Sunday, in less than 6 feet of water, during a new moon and involve surfers wearing black and white bathing suits, a first of its kind study from the University of Florida...
 
Iron Fertilization Dead In The Water? Controversial Geoengineering Proposal Banned In US Climate Change Legislation
Miami, Florida - May 26, 2010 22:02 EST

Climate change legislation released by Senators John Kerry and Joseph Lieberman earlier this month delivered a major blow to ocean fertilization, a controversial geoengineering proposal. Language in the American Power Act essentially bans iron and urea fertilization, the dumping...
 
Palaeontologists Solve Mystery Of 500 Million-Year-Old Squid-Like Carnivore
Toronto, Ontario - May 26, 2010 22:00 EST

A study by researchers at the University of Toronto and the Royal Ontario Museum sheds new light on a previously unclassifiable 500 million-year-old squid-like carnivore known as Nectocaris pteryx. "We think that this extremely rare creature is an early ancestor of...
 
Researchers: Undersea Forces From Hurricanes May Threaten Gulf Pipelines; 'Hurricane Stress Is Quite Large'
Washington, D.C. - May 26, 2010 21:50 EST

Hurricanes could snap offshore oil pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico and other hurricane-prone areas, since the storms whip up strong underwater currents, a new study suggests. These pipelines could crack or rupture unless they are buried or their supporting...
 
Study: Shark Cartilage Shows No Benefit As A Therapeutic Agent For Lung Cancer; No 'Improvements In Survival'
Houston, Texas - May 26, 2010 21:43 EST

In the first scientific study of its kind, shark cartilage extract, AE-941 or Neovastat, has shown no benefit as a therapeutic agent when combined with chemotherapy and radiation for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer, according to researchers at...
 
Endangered Status Sought For Bluefin Tuna: Species Already Imperiled By Fishing Has Gulf Spawning Grounds Hit By Oil Spill
San Francisco, California - May 25, 2010 22:54 EST

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal scientific petition today to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna under the Endangered Species Act. Overfishing has erased more than 80 percent of the bluefin tuna in the North Atlantic compared to what the...
 
Palau Calls For International Moratorium On Shark Finning; Launches Photo Exhibition At UN
New York, New York - May 24, 2010 22:46 EST

The Permanent Representative of Palau to the United Nations, Ambassador Stuart Beck, today called upon the international community to impose a Moratorium on Shark Finning. At the commencement of the Meeting of the States Parties to the Fish Stocks Agreement,...
 
Research: Nine New Species For Disappearing Handfish Family; 'They 'Walked' The World's Oceans'
Victoria, Australia - May 24, 2010 21:51 EST

Nine new species of handfish have been described by CSIRO in research that highlights an urgent need to better understand and protect the diversity of life in Australia's oceans. The new species are described in a review of the handfish family...
 
Asteroid Crater Found Under The Timor Sea; 'Evidence Of A Significant Impact' 35 Million Years Ago
Canberra, Australia - May 22, 2010 17:54 EST

Scientists from The Australian National University have identified a dome at least 50 kilometres in diameter, buried under the Timor Sea that was created by a giant asteroid that collided with Earth around 35 million years ago - a period...
 
Silver 'Pieces Of Eight' Discovery On 1622 Fleet Galleon Santa Margarita Off Florida Coast
Key West, Florida - May 22, 2010 17:41 EST

Kicking off the 2010 search and recovery season, underwater exploration divers for Keith Webb's Blue Water Ventures Key West discovered a five-pound fused conglomeration of artifacts Wednesday afternoon, among which a number of sea-blackened silver "pieces of eight" treasure coins...
 
Godfather Of Oceanography Wins Prestigious Award; 'He Truly Is A Pioneer'
Arlington, Virginia - May 21, 2010 18:44 EST

Hailed as one of the world's greatest oceanographers and pioneers of marine science, Dr. Walter Munk, a long-time contributor to the Office of Naval Research (ONR), received the prestigious 2010 Crafoord Prize in Geosciences from the Royal Swedish Academy of...
 
Research: Evolution Of Whale Size Link To Diet; 'A Huge Size Variation In Cetaceans'
Davis, California - May 20, 2010 15:45 EST

The wide range of body sizes among whales arose early in their evolution and was associated with changes in diet, according to a new study by researchers at UC Davis and UCLA. The study appears in today's (May 20) issue...
 
Commonly Used Atrazine Herbicide Adversely Affects Fish Reproduction; 'Most Frequently Detected Pesticide'
Reston, Virginia - May 20, 2010 14:53 EST

Atrazine, one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world, has been shown to affect reproduction of fish, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study. "Concentrations of atrazine commonly found in agricultural streams and rivers caused reduced reproduction...
 
Scientists Track Polluted Groundwater To The Sea; Septic Systems 'Much More Energy Efficient'
Palo Alto, California - May 20, 2010 14:34 EST

Faulty septic systems have long been blamed for polluting some of California's most popular beaches. Yet few scientific studies have established a direct link between septic systems and coastal contamination. Now, in the first study of its kind, Stanford University...
 
Scientists Set Sail To Study Bluefin Tuna Spawning Grounds In The Oil-Tainted Gulf
Ocean Springs, Mississippi - May 19, 2010 22:22 EST

Scientists from The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) are set to begin a 12-day research expedition Saturday to collect samples of bluefin tuna larvae, one of the ocean's most threatened fish. Funded by the National Oceanic...
 
European Space Agency: Satellite Images Provide Clear Evidence Gulf Oil Spill In The Loop Current
Strasbourg, France - May 19, 2010 21:26 EST

Scientists monitoring the US oil spill with ESA's Envisat radar satellite say that it has entered the Loop Current, a powerful conveyor belt that flows clockwise around the Gulf of Mexico towards Florida. "With these images from space, we have visible...
 
New Analysis Method Could Stop Shark Oil Being Used In Cosmetics And Vaccines
San Michele all'Adige, Italy - May 19, 2010 21:17 EST

A new method of analyzing squalene and squalane, oils often used in the production of cosmetics and vaccines, can show whether they came originally from the liver oil of deep-water sharks or from olive oil. In 2006 the European Union...
 
Officials: Relief As Florida Keys Tarballs Not From Gulf Oil Spill; Source 'Remains Unknown'
Key West, Florida - May 19, 2010 21:09 EST

U.S. Coast Guard Key West Sector Captain Pat DeQuattro confirmed Wednesday morning that tests on tar balls found Monday and Tuesday on Key West's Fort Zachary Taylor State Park beach and other areas of the Lower Keys are not from...
 
Navy Awards New Science Ship To Scripps Institution Of Oceanography; 'This Is A New Kind Of Research Vessel'
San Diego, California - May 18, 2010 22:06 EST

Ushering in the next era of ocean exploration, the U.S. Office of Naval Research has selected Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego as the operator of a new scientific research vessel. The yet-to-be-designed and built Ocean Class ship—a new...
 


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